Councilmen remembered

A Tiffin Police Department cruiser leads the funeral procession for Mark Hayes on Washington Street Monday morning.

]Tiffin City Council remembered two of its members Monday.

Mark Hayes, 63, who had been on the council since being appointed in September 1999, died in his sleep Sept. 10. He was serving as acting mayor while Mayor Aaron Montz was in Japan.

His funeral was Monday.

Jim Roberts, 83, who was First Ward councilman, died Friday night at St. Francis Home.

His funeral is Wednesday.

Montz called for a moment of silence during the council meeting.

“We’re such a city family here. … We’ve been one heck of a family,” he said.

Council members joined hands around the council table during the moment of silence.

Hayes and Roberts also were remembered in a prayer at the beginning of Monday’s meeting, and resolutions were read in their memory.

Rich Focht, who was sworn in as council president Monday, said if there were more people like Hayes and Roberts in the world, the country would be a lot less contentious than it is.

“They knew how to get along with people. … You always knew their heart was in the right place,” he said.

Councilman At-Large Ben Gillig said Hayes was somebody he looked up to personally and professionally. Gillig described Hayes as one of the great ones and said Hayes always made him feel welcome.

“We were neighbors,” he said.

Joe Hartzell, Second Ward councilman, said Roberts brought dignity to veterans at a time when a lot of veterans felt they were abused and mistreated.

He was a “very, very dedicated person,” Hartzell said.

Focht said Hayes and Roberts were loved and were extremely proud of their community.

Focht said there is no way officials are really going to replace them. Things will continue to move on, and that’s the way the men would have wanted it, he said.

Council members also remembered Jeff Shuff, the father of Tyler Shuff, who was selected as council’s president pro tempore Monday.

Jeff Shuff died Sept. 9, according to Engle-Shook Funeral Home & Crematory.

Hartzell said he felt honored he knew Hayes, Roberts and Jeff Shuff.

“They gave me more than I could ever give them,” he said.